Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will complete consideration of H.R. 4863 – United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 695 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 4863 – United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 – PASSED 226 – 198, ROLL CALL 615

Adoption of H. Res. 695 – The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 4863 – United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 – ADOPTED 228 – 198, ROLL CALL 616

Amendments to H.R. 4863:

Torres, Norma (D-CA), Cole (R-OK) – Amendment No. 1 – Requires the Agency to emphasize outreach to tribal export businesses and to include in their annual report a summary of those outreach efforts and the provision of Agency support to tribal export businesses – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 2 – Ensures that the Bank will not provide credit to any individual who is subject to sanctions related to serious violations of human rights or free speech, including in China and Burma – VOTE REQUESTED

Flores (R-TX) [on behalf of Burgess (R-TX)] – Amendment No. 3 – Strikes Section 13 and creates the office of energy efficiency and clean energy exports which advises the EXIM board on ways to improve the export of goods and services that increase energy efficiency and clean energy abroad, requires the EXIM bank to consider energy affordability as well as environmental impacts before approving transactions, and requires the EXIM bank to include in its annual report the impacts of any transaction backed by the Bank on the cost of energy in the importing country and the estimated emissions reductions caused by exports financed by the Bank – VOTE REQUESTED

McAdams (D-UT), Rose, Max (D-NY) – Amendment No. 4 – Expands the prohibition of the Board of Directors from approving a transaction unless the person receiving the Agency’s support certifies that the person does not engage in any activity in contravention of any U.S. law, regulation, or order concerning “sanctions relating to the illegal trafficking of synthetic opioids, including any sanctions imposed pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.” – VOTE REQUESTED

Davidson (R-OH) – Amendment No. 5 – Prohibits Agency assistance for the governments of certain countries (including China and Mexico) unless the President certifies that the government is cooperating with the U.S. to prevent illegal trafficking of synthetic opioids – VOTE REQUESTED

Tlaib (D-MI) – Amendment No. 6 – Requires the Agency to submit an annual report to Congress about the Agency’s activities in economically disadvantaged regions and efforts to support businesses in those regions. The amendment also defines economically disadvantaged regions – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Case (D-HI), Young (R-AK) – Amendment No. 7 – Clarifies that, for the purpose of the Agency’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, “minority” is understood to include Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Speier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 8 – Clarifies that the Bank’s activities to support exports in energy efficiency technologies shall include activities to support exports in electric battery vehicles, batteries for electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Ruiz (D-CA) – Amendment No. 9 – Allows the US Export Finance Agency to use surplus funds to expand or establish additional regional finance centers – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Today

One Minutes (5 per side)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4863 – United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 (Rep. Waters – Financial Services)

As of tonight, the House has completed general and amendment debate through Ruiz Amendment #9.  Tomorrow, the House will resume amendment debate, beginning with Meng Amendment #10.

The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for no further general debate and made in order 21 amendments. A full list of amendments can be found HERE.

Postponed Amendment Votes (4):

Torres Amendment #2

Flores/Burgess Amendment

McAdams Amendment

Davidson Amendment

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #486, Steven J. Menashi, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; confirmed: 51-41.

Legislative Business

Agreed to H.Con.Res.72, enrollment correction for H.R.2423, Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

Passed Calendar #223, S.2099, White Horse Hill National Game Preserve Designation Act

Passed H.R.3889, ONDCP Technical Corrections Act of 2019

Adopted S.Res.393, recognizing the historical, cultural, and religious significance of the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak and the contributions and sacrifices made by Sikhs of the United States.

Adopted S.Res.415, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States Postal Service should issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces and that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee should recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp series be issued.

Adopted S.Res.422, recognizing November 15, 2019, as “America Recycles Day” and expressing the sense of the Senate that recycling promotes a healthy economy and responsible environmental stewardship.

Adopted S.Res.423, recognizing November 2019 as “National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.424, recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation representing the farmer and ranchers of Colorado.

Adopted S.Res.425, designating October 2019 as “National Down Syndrome Awareness Month” and supporting the goals and ideals of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Today

The Senate is not in session.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy

H.R.5095 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Secretary of the Interior to delist certain endangered species and threatened species.

Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.5084 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2019

Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5083 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To provide that, in the event that the Secretary of the Treasury estimates that the debt ceiling will be reached, the Secretary is required to issue GDP-linked bonds to pay the principal and interest on the public debt and the President is authorized to request the rescission of certain unobligated balances and sell certain mortgage-related assets, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Financial Services; Budget; Rules

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, the Budget, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction…

S.2877 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (15)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2876 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide economic empowerment opportunities in the United States through the modernization of public housing, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health

H.R.5103 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the floor on the area wage index under the inpatient prospective payment system to certain sole community hospitals.

Sponsor: Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2860 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to repeal changes made by health care reform laws to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (12)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.5082 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax benefits for investments in gigabit opportunity zones.

Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (8)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee…

S.2867 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an investment credit for qualified broadband projects.

Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2866 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow private activity bonds to be used for qualified broadband projects and to provide for tax credit payments to issuers of tax-exempt bonds used to finance broadband infrastructure projects.

Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.5111 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to notify the public of proposed new Performance Based Navigation Implementation Process flight procedures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (12)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.5110 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure representatives of aviation roundtables may participate in the NextGen performance-based navigation implementation process of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 11/14/2019) Cosponsors: (12)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 11/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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